JDSU Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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JDSU President and CEO Thomas Waechter
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Pros
  • JDSU provides a very reasonable work/life balance with discretionary time off plan (in 10 reviews)

  • Great people within the business unit and excellent solutions (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management seems disconnected to what is really happening (in 11 reviews)

  • The main focus of the JDSU senior management team is to make "the street" happy (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Basic

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Product Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    flexible vacation, technical strength, some opportunities

    Cons

    poor work-life balance, poor social environment


  2. Electrical Engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Germantown, MD
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Germantown, MD

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work, co-workers are the best.

    Cons

    I question whether upper management knows the direction the company needs to go to achieve the expected growth.


  3. QA engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at JDSU

    Pros

    good work place, nice colleagues
    very flexible working hours, good salary

    Cons

    have to work on different time zone to collaborate with customers of different sites


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  5. A great company becomes 2 new ones

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dynamic environment allows anyone to mold their job into something they can grow with and make a contribution in.

    Cons

    The impending separation has created a lot of uncertainty and lack of clarity. Many good people are leaving or have left.

    Advice to Management

    Integrate your acquisitions from Day 1. Don't let your personal feelings towards one another cloud your judgment about what's best for the organization as a whole.


  6. great company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at JDSU full-time

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    good work and life balance

    Cons

    too big. some times things can get slow


  7. Helpful (1)

    Test/Reliability Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Germantown, MD

    I worked at JDSU full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    It's a place to work.

    Cons

    They are constantly looking to outsource their jobs, mainly China and Mexico, so that they can reduce their labor costs.

    Advice to Management

    Start doing more for your employees.


  8. Helpful (6)

    Life sucking corporate culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Software Engineer
    Current Employee - Software Engineer

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    There is a lot of opportunity to grow your skills, if you can pitch it right. Peers are talented and hard working.

    Cons

    Middle management creates ridiculous project schedules and then applies huge pressure to get things done. Continuous budget cutting means quarterly layoffs. Getting sick of being lied to over and over about how the company is positioning itself for growth. Lack of trust between siloed projects, corporate functions (e.g. sales and project management) and between management and individual contributors.

    Advice to Management

    Agile in a software organization means very specific things, and that isn't "developers will magically be twice as productive when you say you're agile". Empowerment doesn't mean giving people freedom to decide things as long as they decide the things you wanted them to decide.


  9. Generally Exciting experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quite a few projects are world's leading projects. Many talents in the team.

    Cons

    Turn over ratio seems high. Work life balance is hard to manage.

    Advice to Management

    More visionary on technology choices


  10. Helpful (4)

    Senior Engineer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I have been working at JDSU full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Projects are technically challenging and there is a lot to learn as an Engineer and tools are available to expand your skill set.
    My direct manager is great to work with, provides good direction and keeps us positive.

    Cons

    Program managers are clueless, define their own schedules that are not based on reality.
    Senior managers and executives are not providing a clear direction for the company, seems like they are just trying to make their bonuses and collecting stock options.
    Engineers are over worked and under paid in most cases, especially when compared to other tech companies in the valley.
    We are always being rushed to design and order parts, seems like we are constantly putting out fires and most of it is because of the program managers giving bad direction.
    Morale is real low mostly because of the way Program Managers are managing projects and Engineers are being over worked because of it.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a clear direction to employees
    Have program managers define realistic schedules and make the schedule clear to all team members.
    Find more customers to sell our products to so that we are not so heavily invested into just one main customer.
    Re-evaluate pay for Engineers that are more competitive with tech companies in the valley.
    Have Managers provide a better work life balance for employees by defining realistic schedules for projects and encouraging employees to take DTO on a more regular basis besides the end of year shutdown.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Frustrating

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Milpitas, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Hardware Engineer in Milpitas, CA

    I worked at JDSU full-time (More than a year)

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good hardworking people in the trenches here. Also unlimited PTO.

    Cons

    There are always fires, and you need get the time nor resources to fully put those fires out for good. As soon as the emergency is over, it is on to the next fire before the first fire gets big again. It seems management was more worried about the next quarter profits, then setting up for long term success. it can be very frustrating for an Engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on making great reliable products, rather then jumping around and losing focus.



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